Picture the intense power needs in a place like the booming industrial sector in Vietnam, Dubai during the hot, summer months or growing cities like metropolitan Manila. By regulating voltage and stabilizing power generation systems FACTS can meet the growing need for power.
The idea is not new. The underlying FACTS concepts have been around for decades: they strive to improve transmission quality and efficiency by supplying inductive or reactive power to the grid via these solutions.
- Series Compensation (SC)
- Static Var Compensator (SVC), SVC PLUS
- Synchronous Condenser Solution
- Mechanically Switched Capacitors (MSC/MSCDN)
Siemens manufactures FACTS systems and has been successfully executing such projects around the world for decades. Its advanced system software and technical hardware (like cutting edge, Thyristor Controlled Series Capacitors (TCSC) and Thyristor Protected Series Capacitors (TPSC) technology) make them essential tools for power utilities striving for maximum grid performance. In fact, Siemens’ first Static Var Compensator (SVC) for a utility application using Tyristor Controlled Reactors (TCR) was commissioned in 1980.
In Thailand, Siemens is deploying parallel compensation systems like SVC to regulate voltage across networks experiencing extreme fluctuations, and series compensation systems, which increase the capacity of long distance transmission lines.